Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

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Vice Chairman Lisa Schott Gifts ASF Holiday Donation


December 12, 2014 – Special thanks to ASF Vice Chairman and Astronaut Scholar Alumna Lisa Schott and her husband George, who stopped by the office to share in a little holiday cheer and present Executive Director Tammy Knowles with their $10,000 donation to the Scholars Give Back Campaign to fund Astronaut Scholarships. Read more about the Scholars Give Back Campaign here, or make a donation of your own!

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2015 Induction Gala Date Change

December 10, 2014 – Due to circumstances beyond our control, the date for the 2015 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction festivities has moved to May 29-30, 2015. ASF’s annual Induction Gala will take place on the night of Friday, May 29, and KSCVC’s Induction ceremony will occur on Saturday the 30th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Further details on the weekend’s events will be posted to our Induction page as they become available.

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Save the Date for the Apollo 13 45th Anniversary Celebration!

December 8, 2014 – ASF is pleased to announce the 45th Anniversary Celebration of Apollo 13! The event will take place on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Join James Lovell, Fred Haise, and their fellow astronauts to honor and celebrate one of the U.S. space program’s most famous missions. Ticket sales will be online soon, so please check back or join ASF’s mailing list for announcements!

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2014 Astronaut Check Presentation Travel Schedule

Astronauts are headed to colleges and universities near you! While there, they will present this year’s Astronaut Scholars with their awards and give a free public lecture about their time in space. Check out this schedule and come out to cheer on our newest class of scholars! School City, State Visit Date Clemson University Clemson, SC Sept. 26, 2014 University of Texas Austin, TX Sept. 30, 2014 Texas A&M University College Station, TX Oct. 1, 2014 Tufts University Medford, MA Oct. 17, 2014 Miami University Oxford, OH Oct. 21, 2014 Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Oct. 25, 2014 University of …

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2014 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Gala Scholar Keynote

Lafleur - Gala 2014

During the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Gala festivities on May 2, 2014, Jarret Lafleur, a 2005-2007 Astronaut Scholar, gave a keynote speech sharing his thoughts and story with the 400 guests in attendance. The following is Jarret’s address, in full: Ladies and Gentlemen, Astronauts, Distinguished Guests, and Space Exploration Enthusiasts: Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to join us for dinner beneath this ridiculously large rocket. My name is Jarret Lafleur, and I am proud to say I am an alumnus of the Astronaut Scholarship program that you all have supported just …

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Hugh Harris Announces New Book

January 28, 2014 – Hugh Harris, NASA’s “Voice of Launch Control” and a longtime ASF supporter, announces the release of his new book, “Challenger: An American Tragedy,” a personal account of the events of January 28, 1986. Harris was at Kennedy Space Center that day, counting down to liftoff for audiences across the country. He presents the story of the Challenger tragedy as only an insider can. With by-the-second accounts of the spacecraft’s launch and a comprehensive overview of the ensuing investigation, Harris gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the devastating accident that grounded the shuttle fleet for over two …

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2013 Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show


Space Fans of All Ages Mingle Among Astronauts A Weekend Full of Adventure, Stories, and New Memories Astronauts and space guests touched down on the Space Coast this November to meet their biggest fans at ASF’s annual Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show (AAMS). The show, in its sixth year running, is anticipated by space fans from around the world. This year’s festivities took place on November 7-10, with the show itself open at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) on November 9-10. ASF’s tiered ticket packages catered to space fanatics and casual enthusiasts alike. Those looking to attend only …

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2013 Auctions

A Year of Successful Auctions and Experiences Online Fundraising Events Raise Over $165,000 for Foundation The Foundation has a long-running tradition of fundraising through online auctions. Items made available for bidding are donated by astronauts and patrons alike and include unique collectibles, signed memorabilia, one-of-a-kind flown artifacts, and ASF’s signature Astronaut Experiences, which offer bidders the chance to win one-on-one time with an astronaut host. 2013 saw three successful ASF auctions come and go. The Spring Auction, which ran March 7-15, raised more than $65,000; the Fall Auction, which ran August 16-25, raised more than $35,000. ASF’s largest auction of …

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2013 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction


Three Astronaut Heroes Inducted to Hall of Fame Curt Brown, Eileen Collins, and Bonnie Dunbar Honored at Gala One of ASF’s most exciting and successful fundraising events of the year is the annual U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Gala, a grand dinner banquet honoring that year’s class of U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame (AHOF) inductees. ASF’s Induction Selection Committee arranges the selection of new inductees into the AHOF each year, and ASF works hand-in-hand with Delaware North Companies (DNC) to honor those astronauts with the gala and an official induction ceremony held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) …

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Astrogram Now Available Online

January 24, 2014 – ASF’s Astrogram newsletter is now available electronically! Stay on top of the goings-on at ASF by downloading our bi-annual magazine dedicated to reporting the latest on news, events, scholars, and more! Click here to view the available Astrograms.

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2013 Astronaut Check Presentation Travel Schedule

Hall of Fame astronauts are headed to colleges and universities near you! While there, they will present this year’s Astronaut Scholars with their awards and give a free public lecture about their time in space. Check out this schedule and come out to cheer on our newest class of scholars! School City, State Visit Date Miami University Oxford, OH Aug. 28, 2013 University of Texas Austin, TX Sept. 13, 2013 Harvey Mudd College Claremont, CA Oct. 2, 2013 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Oct. 3, 2013 Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA Oct. 9, 2013 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, …

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Skylab Anniversary Dinner To Benefit ASF

The Skylab 40th Anniversary Celebration, a dinner and panel discussion to benefit the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF), will be held at Kennedy Space Center’s Apollo/Saturn V Center on Sat. July 27 at 7 p.m. Eight Skylab astronauts are slated to attend the dinner and participate in a panel discussion about living and conducting groundbreaking scientific experiments aboard the world’s first space station. They are: Alan Bean, Commander, Skylab 3 Gerald Carr, Commander, Skylab 4 Owen Garriott, Science Pilot, Skylab 3 Ed Gibson, Science Pilot, Skylab 4 Joseph Kerwin, Science Pilot, Skylab 2 Jack Lousma, Pilot, Skylab 3 Bill Pogue, Pilot, …

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ASF Announces Board Changes

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) announced the election of space shuttle astronaut Dan Brandenstein as chairman of its board of directors and Orlando business owner Lisa Schott as vice chairman, a development that marks two firsts for the nonprofit: Brandenstein as the first shuttle-era astronaut to become chair, and Schott as the first non-astronaut to assume a leadership role on the board. Newly elected members of ASF’s board of directors include space shuttle astronaut Richard Covey and Joseph Han, a principal scientist working at an energy storage start-up in San Jose. Both Schott and Han are Astronaut Scholars. Schott was …

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Skylab 40th Anniversary Celebration


40 Years Later, Skylab Crews Reminisce Together Skylab and SMEAT Crewmembers Talk Adventures Onboard The Skylab program saw its 40th anniversary this year. Skylab, the United States’ first space station, launched atop a modified Saturn V rocket on May 14, 1973. Three crews of three astronauts each spent increasingly longer periods of time in space, consecutively breaking new time records that were held until the Mir program. All together, Skylab 2 astronauts Pete Conrad, Paul Weitz, and Joe Kerwin; Skylab 3 astronauts Alan Bean, Jack Lousma, and Owen Garriott; and Skylab 4 astronauts Jerry Carr, Bill Pogue, and Ed Gibson …

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2013 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Gala Scholar Keynote

Astronaut Scholar Daniel Araya speaks during 2013 AHOF Gala

During the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Gala festivities on April 19, 2013, Daniel Araya, a 2007-2008 Astronaut Scholar, took the stage to share his thoughts and his story with the more than 450 guests in attendance. The following is Daniel’s address, in full: I feel very privileged to be here tonight. I have such tremendous respect for the collective achievements of the people in this room. So I’m very grateful for this opportunity to share with you my story and hopefully convince you that your money was well spent. I received the Astronaut Scholarship five years ago while …

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Scholar Spotlight: Christine Morrison

Astronaut Scholar Christine Morrison

Astronaut Scholar Christine Morrison received the Astronaut Scholarship award just before her senior year at the University of Michigan. She graduated in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with highest honors. After graduating, Morrison was met with almost immediate additional success. First, she published a section of her undergraduate thesis in an academic journal. Then, she embarked on a year-long research program at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar. Morrison spent her Fulbright year doing chemistry research full-time. As a result, she went on to write and publish two original academic papers and …

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